DIY Composting Bin

Save the planet, bitches.

So, TPW and I decided that we have gotten tired of our hometown's (lack of) recycling services. Only clear glass, aluminum, and numbers 1 and 2 plastics need apply.


We started gathering up the menagerie of other recyclables and taking them to a neighboring city to have them recycled. Momma Nature is loving us for it, I'm sure.

Additionally, we decided to start our own microbial factory. Gross, I know.

Don't misunderstand: we are not gardeners, by any stretch. My thumbs are so brown that I don't dare try to grow anything other than mold.

However, we do throw a lot of organic stuff into the trash, and that is just unnecessary.

Instead of paying upwards of (or more than) $100 for a new, prefabricated one, we decided to re-purpose existing material to build a home-made composting bin. Here's what we did...

I had an old, "spare" trash can laying around, not getting used. The basic, plastic cylinder type. I flipped it over and drilled holes in the bottom using my power drill:

Then I drilled holes in all the way around the sides of the can:

Next, I drilled holes in the lid, and fastened the lid to the can with some heavy-duty bungee cords. This is so that critters who are attracted to the smell (stray cats, racoons, even bears) have a difficult time getting inside the bin:

NOTE: Use the heavier rubber bungee, not the fabric type. The fabric will eventually wear out and possibly break or tear in weather.

Finally, I placed the bin outside, close to the door to our kitchen. I placed the composter up on a set of five bricks, so that the "juices" (eww!) could easily drain out of the bottom of the bin:

I placed the bin near the entrance to our kitchen because we are using a tiny bin in the kitchen that (we estimate) should fill-up every two or three days. Then, we simply step outside and dump the small kitchen bin into the larger composter.

Additionally, the cylindrical bin is good for rolling around in our yard. The rolling motion mixes the "brown stuff" (items that are high in carbon: dry leaves, dead plants and weeds, sawdust, cardboard, etc.) and "green stuff" (items that are high in nitrogen: fruit, vegetables, eggshells, coffee grounds, etc.) materials well.

For more info on composting, check here.

Now all I need to do is figure out what I'm going to do with my composted material...